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Quintis update from the receivers

Jason Preston, Shaun Fraser and Robert Brauer were appointed as receivers and managers of Quintis Limited and a number of its subsidiaries on 23 January 2018 (the receivers). The receivers provide the following update on the progress of the Receivership and Quintiss business. Source:
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ERA reform of State Government business licensing

The Economic Regulation Authority (ERA) has started consultation for an inquiry into reform of Western Australia’s business and occupational licensing framework. Source: Timberbiz There are 700 state government licensing schemes covering business and occupational licences, registratio
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Forests and Wood Products, and Pulp and Paper IRCs

Forest and Wood Products and Pulp and Paper is seeking feedback on the draft IRC Skills Forecasts and Proposed Schedules of Work. Source: Timberbiz IRC Skills Forecasts and Proposed Schedules of Work identifies skills gaps and emerging skills needs within training packages for 2018-20
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FSC Australia announces public forum

Australia’s Forest Stewardship Council (FSC Australia) has announced a public forum to be held on 22 March, from 2-6pm, at the Library at the Dock, Docklands. Source: Timberbiz Attendees will discuss opportunities and challenges that the Forest Stewardship Council is presented with in
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Canadian lumber producers expect a record year

The outlook for Canadian lumber producers appears to be more rosy than ever, with the forecast for 2018 housing starts in the US and lumber prices expected to be on the rise yet again. Source: Baystreet With forecasts of nearly 8% growth in housing starts expected in 2018 (on a season
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Wood-based ‘supermaterial’ is stronger and tougher than steel

Stronger than steel, capable of deflecting bullets and lighter than metal alloys – yet this new “supermaterial” is made mostly from wood. Source: Physics World The material was created by Liangbing Hu at the University of Maryland Energy Research Center and colleagues, who
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Saving jobs saves sawmill near Grafton

The jobs of eight sawmill workers were a key factor in allowing a mill near Grafton to keep operating despite doubts about the legality of its operation. Source: The Daily Examiner Councillors voted 7-1 to allow the Raging Red Timbers mill at the Pinnacles, north of Grafton, to keep o
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AFPA polls SA voters

Polling of voters in the seats of Mount Gambier and MacKillop has found that almost 2 in every 3 voters say they will vote for the Party and candidate that best supports South Australia’s Forest Industries, and almost 9 in 10 recognised the sector’s importance to the local economy. So
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Crowdfunding Kiwis plant 1 million trees

An effort to crowdfund a forest, founded by a trio from Christchurch, has hit an incredible target of 1 million trees pledged. Source: Newshub Adrien Taylor, Jeff Willis and Dr Dan Price created ‘Trump Forest’ less than a year ago, after the US president, the movement was
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